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Skin Tight [Mass Market Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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Jan. 1 2002
Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. Mick is sure of this, because he just had to dispatch a pistol-packing intruder with the help of a stuffed marlin head. But who would want to hurt a former Florida state investigator? The answer is plenty of peopleas Stranahan soon finds himself acquainted with a litter of nefarious players, including a hit man whose skin problems could fill a comprehensive (if bizarre) medical textbook, a lawyer of questionable repute who advertises on billboards, and a TV show host whose taste for sensationalism is exceeded only by his vanity. The whole thing gets downright harrowing for the ex-cop in one of Hiaasen's most breathtaking, madcap romps everwhere even a plastic surgeon with extremely shaky hands waits to wring Stranahan's neck....

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"Hiaasen's latest thriller is his funniest and sharpest novel to date. Set in a south Florida swarming with ripoff artists, crooked cops, nude sunbathers and corrupt politicians, it features a Mafia-connected plastic surgeon with butterfingers, a bitchy Hollywood starlet, a remarkably inept hit man and a pompous TV journalist 'nationally famous for getting beaten up on camera,' " said PW. Author tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 28 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
SKIN TIGHT has a tad bit (ok, a lot) of naughtiness and deaths of characters. Otherwise, the sick humor and the strange and funny events will keep you laughing. This book is also a quick read and is well worth your time. The plot progresses at a fast pace, and just when you think all is well something goes wrong. But things don't stay grim for long as Hiaasen always comes up with a quirky quote or something funny to say. This book is well written and is easy to relate too. Overall, it if you like to comedy and action all rolled up in one nice package, you should definitely choose SKIN TIGHT by Carl Hiaasen. You must also try McCrae's "KATZENJAMER" for another treat-hilarious, disturbing, insightful, and warm. Really unusual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny Floridian capers Dec 2 2007
Of the two Hiaasen books I've read so far, I rate this a slight notch below Stormy Weather. This book is still very funny and highly entertaining, but Stormy Weather brings the level of wackiness to even more extreme heights. For some reason, the character I found most memorable here is Chemo, the guy with the messed up face and somewhat of a penchant for violence. Mick Stranahan, as a man's man, is also a cool cat. The plastic surgery theme of the book is an appropriate backdrop for the wackiness and corruptive aspects of the story. Overall, a highly entertaining read. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that has humor April 19 2005
By Janet
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Some one is out to kill Mick Stranahan, a retired state investigator. He kills an intruder with a trophy spearfish, and soon afterward, his ex-wife is drowned. A thriller that has humor with a group of characters that is unique. Between these pages, you will find scams, crooked cops, nude sunbathers, and corrupt politicians. More intriguing still is the mob-connected plastic surgeon with butter fingers, a grumpy Hollywood star, a bumbling hit man, and a egotistical TV reporter.
Reviewed by Janet Sue Terry, author of the contemporary romance, "Set Me Free" series Possibilities and Resolutions. President of Just My best Book Publishing Company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Nip/Tuck on FX? This is for you! March 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sleazy plastic surgeons- stupid criminals- insanely vacuous socialites- all are at home in the South Florida that belongs to Carl Hiaasen.
I love his dark humor and eccentric casts of characters- Skin Tight stands out as a keeper on my bookshelf and one I come back to reread for the fun of it. The energy, pacing , characters all come to life in vivid detail and the situations folks get into--- well I don't understand why all of Hiaasen's books have not adapted to the big screen. At least Nip/Tuck has the flavor of Skin Tight in a wild cable series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind Feb. 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Carl Hiaasen is a one of a kind of author. His books are so unique that at first you'll be taken aback by the writing, the sarcasm, the wit. My wife and I rarely agree on any book, constantly fighting over this one and that one. But there are three books we do agree on: Robbins's "Even Cowgirls Get the blues," McCrae's "Bark of the Dogwood," and this one--"Skin Tight." All three of these are great, funny, and past-paced reads. You can't go wrong with any of them, but of all, "Skin Tight" was the one we agreed was the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Book! Feb. 16 2004
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I really loved this story. The characters were well-developed and the plot had me eagerly wanting to read more! (I'm a fan!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious--i want some more of this guy! Dec 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My brother gave me this book, and it's the first Hiassen book I've read, and I give it two thumbs up. This author is truly hilarious! There a few parts in which I actually laughed aloud (and probably sounded like a maniac), because the dialogue can be so sickly sarcastic and funny at times (of the top of my head: look out for the lasagna part as well as when the jerky policemen salazar & murdoch are on a boat). I have another one of his books, too, NATIVE TONGUE, and I'm looking forward to starting that, too, because I couldn't put SKIN TIGHT down. I spent practically all of christmas day reading it.
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While I was reading Skin Tight, someone asked me what the book was about. As I tried to describe the basic storyline, I realized that the plot is not only hard to explain but extremely farfetched,bordering on preposterous. However, that's beside the point.
The joy of reading this book comes from the way Hiaasen uses his wicked sense of humor and his vast writing skills to lambast society's corruption and greed. While protagonist Mick Stranahan is fighting mafia hitmen and outsmarting crooked cops, Hiaasen himself is busy skewering inept plastic surgeons and their narcissistic patients, made-for-tv lawyers, on-the-take politicians, corrupt judges, tourists, sleazy journalists, actresses, fashion models . . . and, I almost forgot, tree trimmers.
Hiaasen's collection of colorful characters, fast-paced dialogue and ascerbic wit make Skin Tight an enjoyable read.
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